PowerPage Gift Guide: Santa's Little Socks

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Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 09:03
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Apple iPod SocksHere at the UK office bureau we decided to kick off the festive season in style. Passing the Apple store is a weekly occurrence and feeling cheery with all the streaming lights of Christmas in London town we light-footed it up to Regents street and bought a box of iPod socks. Now like many out there, when Mr. Jobs announced these little numbers we all might have thought “Hey Steve, it’s a while ’til April 1st my man,” but lo and behold he was not joking. Read on for the skinny…

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Ask the PowerPage: Hard Drive as a Stereo Component

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Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 07:16
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I recently developed an idea for an interesting product that Apple could develop using existing technology.
I am a bit of novice audiophile and have recently gotten very frustrated with the user interface of numerous products. I would like to put all of my music onto a hard drive and use it like a stereo component. I have a Xbox but it has a bad user interface and the sound quality is bad. Tivo kind of has something like it I hear but I have Direct TV which does not support Tivo 2. The iPod is a great product but is limited by connections, hard drive space and its small screen. So far I like my computer collection of music the best.
Apple should make a component system that is hard drive based with optical outputs and a CD slot for loading the music. It should have 2 user interfaces. The first should be like the current Ipod user interface and only require an audio hook-up. The second should involve an optional iTunes interface that is displayed on your television and can organize your collection. No other product offers the easy interface of iTunes.
You should be able to encode in Apple lossless, AAC, MP3, etc. The big perk would be to transfer your purchased music to your hard drive to listen to and to use the Apple lossless format while listening through your stereo speakers.
The device could have an ethernet port for optional networking. Hard drive should be 80-160 GB. As mentioned above, optional optical out. Possibly a USB port for transferring music possibly.
The remote could look kind of like an iPod as well.
Target audience: People wanting to transfer their CD collection onto one easy-to-use source and maintain excellent quality. The interesting part is I tried to see how I could explain my idea to Apple and I got a nasty email back before they would even listen. Oh well.
My intention is not to make any money. But I think that Apple is the perfect company to make such a basic product and it would perfectly complement the iPod.
I know from reading the PowerPage almost daily that you are very “audio friendly.” Do you have any ideas on how to get the idea to them? Does Apple ever read these Web pages for ideas? Is this product even a good idea? I haven’t seen anything else really like it with a good user interface, but I am kind of picky.
Read on for the PowerPage’s response…

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Cocoa Puffs With Your Wireless?

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Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 07:35
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You may have seen the articles on the PowerPage about free WiFi in Phildelphia. Many places in the city offer wireless Internet connections, just not for free. Now there is a restaurant chain offering a new take on free wireless access while you munch. The food de jour is breakfast cereal with whatever toppings you want and your choice of milk. The newly opened restaurant in Philadelphia, Cereality at 36th and Walnut, offers a creative food concept and the ability to be creative on your iBook without the subscription fee found at other chains.

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